The Government’s spin is that the Irish acute healthcare system is “challenged”. The consensus across the medical and nursing professions is it is un(...)

Firstcom first served: Dan Silverlock at his new job. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reports of Ireland’s unemployment level reaching its lowest level for more than three years has been greeted as further evidence that the economy is s(...)

Poland in the 1980s reanimated its society around the concept of solidarity, but there is little solidarity in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

This is a good time of the year to talk about political reform. It is the time of the long holiday for both houses of the Oireachtas. It’s the time of(...)